Trump sees media bias in handling of 'Roseanne' cancellation

Trump sees media bias in handling of 'Roseanne' cancellation

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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday recommended an government behind ABC’s cancellation of sitcom “Roseanne” was biased whereas the White Home mentioned it didn’t defend comic Roseanne Barr’s racist tweet that sparked the choice.

Barr sparked widespread anger with a tweet on Tuesday evaluating black former Obama administration adviser Valerie Jarrett to an ape. Barr wrote in a now-deleted message that if the Islamist political motion “muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a child = vj.”

The tweet led the ABC community, owned by Walt Disney Co, to cancel its hit revival of her “Roseanne” sitcom. Trump has cited this system’s reputation as proof that his supporters, who embody Barr, need reveals that talk to their considerations.

Jarrett mentioned on Tuesday that Disney CEO Bob Iger known as her earlier than ABC introduced the present’s cancellation.

“Gee, he by no means known as President Donald J. Trump to apologize for the HORRIBLE statements made and mentioned about me on ABC. Perhaps I simply didn’t get the decision?” Trump mentioned on Twitter. Trump has been a persistent critic of the information media all through his election marketing campaign and presidency.

White Home spokeswoman Sarah Sanders elaborated on Trump’s feedback at a media briefing.

“The president is just calling out the media bias. Nobody is defending what she mentioned,” Sanders mentioned.

She introduced up a number of examples of what she known as a media slant towards Trump. These included feedback made by ABC’s “The View” host Pleasure Behar about Vice President Mike Pence’s Christian religion, comic Kathy Griffin’s feedback about Trump on the identical tv program and ESPN’s current hiring of tv character Keith Olbermann, who known as Trump a white supremacist. ESPN is majority owned by Disney.

Iger final yr give up a Trump advisory council due to the president’s resolution to withdraw from the Paris local weather accord. Iger informed Vogue journal final month that he had thought of working for president however determined towards it to deal with enterprise.

ABC and Disney didn’t instantly reply to requests for remark.

ROSEANNE BLAMES AMBIEN

Barr blamed her late-night message on the sleep assist Ambien.

“It was 2 within the morning and I used to be Ambien tweeting-it was memorial day too-i went 2 far & don’t want it defended-it was egregious Indefensible,” she wrote in a message that has since been deleted. “I made a mistake I want I hadn’t however…don’t defend it please.”

Ambien’s maker, Sanofi, responded.

“Whereas all pharmaceutical therapies have unwanted effects, racism is just not a recognized facet impact of any Sanofi treatment,” its U.S. arm mentioned on Twitter.

On Tuesday, Barr had apologized “for making a nasty joke” about Jarrett.

“Don’t really feel sorry for me, guys!!,” Barr mentioned in a tweet on Tuesday. “I simply wish to apologize to the tons of of individuals, and fantastic writers (all liberal) and gifted actors who misplaced their jobs on my present resulting from my silly tweet.”

However on Wednesday she was in a feisty temper, saying on Twitter she didn’t know Jarrett was black.

In one other tweet, Barr recommended she was being unfairly handled: “One silly joke in a lifetime of combating four civil rights four all minorities…”

She additionally responded to supportive feedback on her Twitter feed, saying, “you guys make me really feel like combating again. I’ll look at all of my choices fastidiously and get again to U.”

The unique “Roseanne” ran from 1988 to 1997, that includes a blue-collar household, the Conners, with obese mother and father struggling to get by. It was praised for its lifelike portrayal of working-class life.

The present “Roseanne” was ABC’s greatest hit of the 2017-2018 season, drawing a mean 18.7 million viewers, second solely to CBS’s “The Huge Bang Concept,” in accordance with Nielsen information by means of Could 20.

FILE PHOTO: Actress Roseanne Barr waves on her arrival to the 75th Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California, U.S., January 7, 2018. Image taken January 7, 2018. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni/File Picture

Reporting by Lisa Richwine and Eric Kelsey; extra reporting by Steve Holland in Washington and Brendan O’Brien in Milwaukee; Modifying by Invoice Tarrant and Cynthia Osterman

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